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When searching through these patterns remember to follow the old adage "Bright day, bright fly; dark day, dark fly." Since most summer steelheading is done in times of low light, dark patterns like the Green Butt Skunk, and Freight Train are good. Other popular flies for summer are the Purple Peril, Streetwalker, and the Skykomish Sunrise. Choose more subdued flies for lower, clearer water. As early fall approaches and rivers are getting murky due to a rain, large bright flies such as the Marabou flies, might be a good choice. Good Winter Steelhead patterns are flies like the Bunny Leeches, Marabou Flies and Egg Sucking Leeches, patterns with Flash and/or Silver added, Egg Patterns, and Patterns with Reds, Oranges, Yellows, and Bright Purples. If all else fails, go back to the basic blacks and whites. Steelhead will often nail a black bunny leech, marabou leech, or wooly bugger, when nothing else will work. Take a look at some of the traditional patterns, and don't rule Atlantic Salmon Flies. They are often deadly on Steelhead.

Red Optic Red and Yellow Optic Black Optic Nite Owl Optic Fall Favorite Optic

Cock Robin Optic Variation 1 Cock Robin Optic Variation 2 Double Conehead Bunny Leech, Black and Red Discover Optic Variant Discover Optic Variant 2

Discover Optic Variant 3


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